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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 275-280

Phytochemical and Antimicrobial Activity of Digera Muricata (L.) Mart.

Pratima Mathad and Sundar S. Mety

Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in Botany, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga-585 106, Karnataka, India

Received 3 July 2009; Accepted 27 August 2009

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The successive Soxhlet extract of Digera muricata (L.) Mart. (Amaranthaceae) were extracted using petroleum ether, chloroform, ethanol and distilled water in ascending order of the polarity. These extracts were subjected to screening of preliminary phytochemicals tests. The results indicate the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, phenols, tannins, terpenes and saponins. These extracts further subjected to the antimicrobial activity. Among the bacteria used, the petroleum ether extract gave highest zone of inhibition at 400 µg/well against V. cholerae. Similarly, in fungi the ethanol extract exhibited highest zone of inhibition at 400 µg/well against Candida albicans.